Look at that hat.
You would think some politicians really want one of those badly, passing short-sighted gun bans last week in their home-rule communities.
Congratulations, gun-hating city leaders in seven home-rule units in Illinois (plus Cook County): You’ve just taped a giant bulls-eye on your back for the NRA’s attorneys to launch their legal processes to roll back your unconstitutional legislative solutions in search of a problem.
We’re sure the legal beagles in those cities believe their new laws pass muster.
But then again, so did Chicago’s lawyers before Otis McDonald came along — and Chicago can pay higher salaries and attract major league talent when it comes to municipal law, unlike little bergs like Highland Park.
We are grinning here because this means your cities will be writing nice, six- or seven-figure checks to the NRA in the coming months or years to pay for their willful infringement on the rights of their respective cities’ residents and visitors.
We also chuckle because despite Rahm and company paying over a million dollars to the NRA, they still haven’t gotten so much as a free NRA cap.
You just can’t fix stupid.
But you can pay to fix it with a big enough check.
And somewhere along the lines, residents will get tired of their taxes being used so foolishly by low-information elected officials and kick them to the curb.
Enjoy passage of those local ordinances, boys and girls. Bask in your short-lived, soon-to-be expensive glory.
It won’t last.
From the NRA-ILA:
Illinois: Many Local Governments Rush to Enact Last-Minute Gun Bans, But Few Succeed in Circumventing Statewide Regulation of Firearms
With enactment into state law of concealed carry legislation, House Bill 183, a new fight for gun rights in Illinois was started. A clause included in this new law allowed home rule local governments to enact their own so-called “assault weapon” bans within ten days of House Bill 183’s enactment. In the days preceding and immediately following enactment, a flurry of city council meetings were scheduled to discuss or pass a ban on popularly owned semi-automatic firearms.
Approximately sixty different local meetings were scheduled in total, and many Illinois NRA members and gun owners attended those meetings and contacted their local officials in opposition to these hastily crafted restrictions. Due to the efforts of those law-abiding citizens defending their Second Amendment rights, only seven new “assault weapon” bans were enacted throughout the state (listed below) before the deadline – Friday, July 19.
If you or anyone you know have been arrested or harassed under a local ban or ordinance, please contact the NRA Legislative Counsel’s office at (703) 267-1161.
Localities with new bans:
- Calumet Park – (No language available)
- Dolton – Assault Weapon Ban (No language available)
- Evanston – Assault Weapon Ban (Page 11)
- Highland Park – Assault Weapon Ban
- Melrose Park – Assault Weapon Ban (No language available)
- North Chicago – Assault Weapon Ban
- Skokie – Assault Weapon Ban (Page 50)
Other local governments passed ordinances pertaining to firearms storage and transportation. Those localities include:
- Country Club Hills
- University Park
Thank you to all members who attended local meetings and voiced their opposition to bans or unreasonable regulations on firearms commonly owned for self-defense. While Illinois now has concealed carry, continued vigilance is necessary to ensure protection of our rights. Your NRA-ILA will continue to fight unreasonable restrictions and will keep you updated.